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Why Start a Business in France

Why Start a Business in France

Updated on Monday 18th April 2016

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France is the third-largest country in Europe and the second most populated in the European Union. As one of the top ten economies in the world, France is home to an impressive number of foreign companies and it is one of the top foreign direct investments recipients in Europe.

France’s capital city, Paris, is one of the most famous cities in the world and a very popular location for company headquarters. France is also one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.

Start-up costs in France

On average, it is relatively easy to start a business in France in terms of costs and time, compared to the other G20 countries. Cost components include:


- facility costs,

- transport,

- utility costs (electricity, telecommunications, and others),

- corporate tax.

Other start-up costs in France can include taxes for mandatory procedures, notary fees, the minimum share capital and auxiliary costs. On average, the time needed to start a business in France is 7 days,  much lower than the G20 average.

Our law firm in France can provide detailed information about all necessary start-up costs, depending on the type of company you choose to set up in France.

We invite you to watch a video showing the most important reasons to invest in France

A highly qualified and productive workforce

France is dedicated to investing in education. Its public spending on education (the percentage of GDP) is approximately 5.8%, larger than the approximate average value of 4.8% in the rest of the G20 countries. France also ranks high in terms of productivity: the country has one of the best hourly productivity rates, when compared to the European average. The high level of training and education of the average French employee reflects in these statistics. A high percentage of the French population are bilingual.

France is also known for its quality of life, reflected in criteria’s such as: costs of living, infrastructure, economy, environment, security, culture and leisure activities and others.

The French Government is aware of the importance of entrepreneurship in France and in recent years the country has increased innovation incentives. France’s research tax credit applies to companies that incur Research & Development expenses. Such companies are eligible to receive the tax credit regardless of their size, business sector and nationality. The tax credit covers 30% of all R&D expenses, up to 100 million euros and 5% above this amount.

France is a gateway not only to Europe, but also to the rest of the world. A global economic power, France attracts numerous foreign entrepreneurs in various business areas. Our lawyers in France can offer you legal assistance and representation if you decide to open a business in France.




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